Kyoto Bottle I

Nel Faulkner
Kyoto Bottle I is a unique sculptural work by ceramicist, Nel Faulkner, which was inspired by a memorable trip to Japan. Nel playfully explores archetypal forms, using stoneware clay and a limited palette of cobalt and white. She often looks for unexpected and sometimes accidental relationships between patterns and forms, resulting in organically formed one-off works with character and personality.

Material: Stoneware, white slip, cobalt glaze
cm: Width 10cm, Depth 10cm, Height 22.5cm
inches: Width 3.9in, Depth 3.9in, Height 8.9in
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp lint free cloth


This piece was handmade as a solid form, before being hollowed and carved into an organic shape. Nel’s work is never planned and often evolves through deep immersion in the making resulting in unexpected combinations. The graphic pattern is drawn onto the surface and then dipped in a white slip, before being fired and finished in a cobalt glaze.
The Maker Nel Faulkner Ceramicist - South West England

Nel Faulkner is a ceramicist based in Dorset, whose distinctive style of handbuilt shapes, printed patterns and a restricted palette of cobalt blue and white all define her work. Nel began her career by studying 3D Design in London, at Chelsea School of Art before working in Paris designing shops and furniture for fashion houses, including Valentino and Ines de la Fressange. In 2019, Nel’s ceramics were selected by Paul Smith for display in their flagship store in Albemarle Street.

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